The former home of comedian and actor Danny Thomas is back on the market. Danny Thomas was best known for his role in ‘Make Room for Daddy’ during the 1960s, although his career spanned five decades. This was the breakthrough in his career that made him a household name and gave him the financial success that led to him having such a stunning home.
A Self-Build Mansion
While many people with money buy themselves a luxurious home, Thomas decided he wanted to have his own home built so that he could tailor it to his needs and tastes. For the build, he bought a two-acre plot of land int the Trousdale Estate in Beverly Hills for an unknown sum of money. However, it wasn’t until 1970 that his mansion was built. The property was built in a Moorish style, and it offers a whopping 18,000-square-feet of interior space. There are eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and impressive views over Los Angeles from wherever you are in the property.
Although Danny Thomas died in 1991, his wife remained in the property until her death in 2000. Their three children inherited the estate, and they decided to put it on the market so that they could each have their share of the equity. In 2012, they sold the property for $5.764 million. The current owner has now decided to sell, and they have renovated the property in preparation for the sale. The French architect Jacques Garcia was brought in for the restoration and renovation process. He enhanced the Moorish style by adding $2.5 million of Baccarat chandeliers, ornate details throughout the house, and hand-woven carpets. The improvements increased the value of the property. What was once the family home of Danny Thomas for more than 30 years is now on the market for a staggering $135 million.
According to Home Stratosphere, the property is surrounded by a stone wall, and the entrance to the property boats tall columns and double, electric wrought-iron gates. These lead to a large, paved courtyard with plenty of space to park multiple cars. From the front of the property, it has the appearance of a single-story home. However, this is a two-story property with the lower level only visible for the rear of the property. The exterior of the property is white, and its most distinguishing features are the arched windows. To the rear of the property, there is a large, split-level garden that is lined by trees, which gives the garden a sense of privacy. Part of the garden is lawned, but most of the garden is paved. There is a seating and entertaining area with steps that lead to an outdoor pool. The terrace is enclosed by wrought iron fencing and stone pillar, but this is low enough to enjoy spectacular views across Los Angeles. These are particularly impressive at night when the city below is aglow with twinkling lights.
The Interior of the Property
The attention to detail and ornate features of the property is apparent as soon as you enter the grand entrance hall. Three of the features of the hall are the polished stone floors, an ornate crystal chandelier, and a double staircase leading to the living area. In the living room, there are murals painted in the arched alcoves, floral wall coverings, and colorful, hand-woven carpets. There is a built-in bench of seating with green and yellow striped cushions with fringing around the bottom. Further space for relaxing or socializing is available in the family room. This is more understated than the living room, with pale yellow on the walls, light flooring, and pastel-toned sofas. The main feature in the family room is the ornate fireplace.
The ornate and elaborate theme returns when you step through to the formal dining room. It is a circular room with a domed ceiling that features frescoes There are floor-to-ceiling arched windows around the room, which are painted gold. Central to the room is a circular dining table with seating for 12 people. Modern and ornate are combined in the largest bathroom in the property. It boasts white cabinetry with clean lines and granite countertops. There are vanities to both sides, a double sink unit, and a walk-in shower at one end of the bathroom. Recessed spotlights in the ceiling and over the vanities and a large skylight running along the center of the room add to the modern feel of this room.
However, the decorative tiled flooring and some of the accessories in the room continue the ornate theme that runs throughout most of the property. Similarly, the decorative arched windows that flank the shower area are also ornate. This is not the only bathroom as there are a further 11 bathrooms throughout the property. This is because all eight bedrooms in this home are en-suite, and there are further bathrooms on both floors of the house.
Who Should Buy Danny Thomas’ Former Home?
The first point to consider for who should buy the former home of Danny Thomas is whether they have big enough pockets to pay the $135 million asking price. Beyond that, it will suit various people with different needs. This property has the potential to become a fantastic family home. It is large enough to accommodate a family with children, and there are enough spare bedrooms and separate living spaces for visiting family. It will also suit someone who is a fan of regularly entertaining guests in their home. The multiple bedrooms and bathrooms mean that the property owner can invite guests to stay regularly. There are also some great spaces within the property for entertaining groups of friends and family, including formal dining and areas for socializing. Furthermore, the exterior of the property has plenty of parking space for guests at the front, and the rear is the perfect setting for entertaining at garden or pool parties with spectacular views.
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